These four ladies gave up the warmth of Boston for a cool (literally and figuratively) trip to Alaska. Here is their story:
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The Cowboy Mounted Shooting TM Association (CMSA) is one of the fastest growing equestrian sports organizations in the nation. Mounted contestants compete in this fast-action timed event using two .45 caliber single-action revolvers each loaded with five rounds of specially prepared blank ammunition. The family-friendly CMSA offers multiple levels of competition for men, women and children, from the novice to the seasoned professional.
Organized in 1994, the CMSA now boasts over 102 local clubs in four nations, representing over 13,000 members. It sanctions over 500 events a year, including seven events at its highest level, the Championship Series, and pays out over $700,000 in prize money annually.
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I always enjoy reading stories like this when folks are able to do something special like these three buddies who stumbled on an Alaska guide at an outdoors show in upstate New York. And that eventually leads them to a trip of a lifetime, catching big kings and swapping stories in camp.
Looking for Alaska bucket list ideas like this one? We’ve got plenty in every edition of Alaska Sporting Journal. In the coming soon November issue, we’ll talk kayak fishing in Cochrane Bay, a Prince of Wales Island deer hunt, upland bird hunts on the Kenai Peninsula, and ice fishing for sheefish, plus a lot more.
Just how important is Alaska’s seafood industry to the state?
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A report released Aug. 28 by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, and prepared by the McDowell Group, Inc., really gets to the bottom line on “The Economic Value of the Alaska Seafood Industry” with some surprising facts based on data from 2011:
• Total direct economic impact for Alaska is $6.7 billion
• Total direct and indirect (multiplier effects) economic value on U.S. economy is $15.7 billion
• Seafood industry is largest private sector employer in the State of Alaska
• Produces $4.6 billion worth of wild, sustainable seafood annually
And you wonder why the Pebble Mine Project gets responses like this one!
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Two Mat-Su Valley hunters were rescued after their boat capsized near Talkeetna.
Here is a statement and a press release from Director Tim Bristol of Trout Unlimited’s Alaska Program regarding today’s breaking news on the Pebble Mine project. One of the mining partners on the project, Anglo American, has decided to back off its partnership with Northern Dynasty Minerals on the controversial plan to mine the Bristol Bay area, home to the largest salmon fishery in the United States.
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This is Bristol’s statement on the company’s decision to leave the project:
“I can’t think of a development project in the state’s history that has faced such wide and deep opposition from the citizens of Alaska, and so it’s no surprise that Anglo American announced its withdrawal from the Pebble project after 84% of Alaskans who commented to the EPA supported action to protect Bristol Bay. Bristol Bay is one of the greatest sport and commercial fishing habitats on the planet, and the EPA should act now to protect it and the more than 14,000 jobs it supports.”
And here is Trout Unlimited’s Alaska Program press release, which includes the above statement:
Final Comment Numbers on the Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment Show Clear Support for Protecting Bristol Bay
Over 650,000 people support the EPA’s Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment; Demand protections for world-class fishery
ANCHORAGE, AK – Numbers released today show that nearly three in four Americans who commented on the EPA’s draft Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment supported protecting Bristol Bay, Alaska from harmful mining development in the form of the Pebble Mine. Approximately 654,000 of the over 895,000 total comments supported the EPA’s efforts to protect Bristol Bay, with numbers even higher among comments made by individuals (not mass mailed) and those coming from Alaska. The Bristol Bay region is a destination for sportsmen and anglers across the world and is known for its trophy rainbow trout, king salmon, and many other fish species.
“The American people have spoken: they simply do not want the Pebble Mine built on top of one of the world’s great sport and commercial fisheries,” said Tim Bristol, Director of Trout Unlimited’s Alaska Program. “The EPA should quickly finalize its Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment and use its Clean Water Act authority to ensure the long term protection of Bristol Bay and its fishery. The science supports it, Alaskans support it, and hunters and anglers across the lower 48 support the EPA as well.”
The comments coming specifically from Alaska were even more impressive, with nearly 5,000 people – or 84% of total comments – supportive of the EPA’s efforts to protect Bristol Bay. Those numbers were even higher in Bristol Bay, where 98% of over 1,200 comments are in favor of lasting protections for Bristol Bay. Among national individual comments, over 90% supported the EPA.
The EPA began its Watershed Assessment after 9-federally recognized tribes, commercial and sport fishermen, and others in Bristol Bay requested Clean Water Act protections from the proposed Pebble Mine. After two drafts, two rounds of public comments, and outside peer review, the EPA is preparing to finalize the Watershed Assessment later this year. In the draft assessment, the EPA determined that even without incident, a mine on the scale of Pebble could destroy up to 90 miles of salmon streams and 4,800 acres of wetland salmon spawning habitat.
For more information and breakdown on the comments, please click here.
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Big news out of London. Anglo American mining company has backed out of its agreement with the Pebble Mine project. The British company agreed to pay a $300 million “impairment charge” with its partner in the project, North American mining company Northern Dynasty Minerals. The joint operation was supposed to share the costs for the controversial plan that detractors say will threaten America’s largest salmon fishery at Bristol Bay.
Here’s the the statement by Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani, per the Fox News report:
“Despite our belief that Pebble is a deposit of rare magnitude and quality, we have taken the decision to withdraw following a thorough assessment of Anglo American’s extensive pipeline of long-dated project options.
“Our focus has been to prioritise capital to projects with the highest value and lowest risks within our portfolio, and reduce the capital required to sustain such projects during the pre-approval phases of development as part of a more effective, value-driven capital allocation model.”
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You never know when a wild animal will appear in the wilderness. But it’s a risk hunters are willing to take. During a bear hunt at Beaver Mountain in the western Alaskan interior, 46-year-old Charlestown, R.I. resident John O. Matson, Jr. was injured by a bear he and his hunting party had shot it 90 minutes earlier. He was listed in fair condition.
“He’s got a hell of a headache,” said his father, John O. Matson Sr. of Hopkinton, R. I., adding that his 46-year-old son was recuperating after head surgery. “His spirits are great.”
The younger Matson was attacked by the bear Monday during a guided bear hunt near Beaver Mountain, about 40 miles southwest of the interior town of McGrath. Bad weather prevented rescuers from quickly reaching Matson’s party of three. Matson was finally rescued from the remote spot on Tuesday.
Matson’s father credits the two other hunters, also from Rhode Island, with saving his son. The guide, Steve Persson of Charlestown, and another man the father wouldn’t identify were packing to leave the hunting camp. They planned to visit their wounded friend later at Providence Alaska Medical Center.
“He’s very grateful to his friends,” the elder Matson said.
His son, a construction contractor, does not want to speak with reporters about his ordeal, but he does want people to know he’s OK, the father said.
By Chris Cocoles on Sept. 11
It’s strange how days like today sneak up on you until you remember what we should think about. I would imagine my parents’ generation eventually started to remember but not always deeply reflect on Dec. 7, and how in 1941 how everything changed in Hawaii, let alone America. Sept. 11 will also live in infamy, and during a time when attacks on Syria appear to be imminent, it’s difficult to fathom where we are 12 years later following such a dark chapter in history.
I know that life goes on, but when I stop to think back about that day and really think, it’s just an eerie feeling. I flew on Sept. 10, 2011, from Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport, where I visited a friend, to Memphis, and then back to my home (at the time) in Los Angeles. Then, you wake up the next day and hear of atrocities and tragedies you never imagined would be possible.
I woke up this morning, walked my dog quickly, and reached my Seattle office navigating congested traffic as I have for last month since starting this new job. Just another typical Wednesday, right? But there’s always a sense of loss on this day. That’s the way it needs to be.